Julian Bond, a charismatic figure of the 1960s civil rights movement, a lightning rod of the anti-Vietnam War campaign and a lifelong champion of equal rights, notably as chairman of the N.A.A.C.P., died on Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Fla,” reports The New York Times. He was 75.
The Southern Poverty Law Center announced Mr. Bond’s death on Sunday. His wife, Pamela Sue Horowitz, said the cause was complications of vascular disease.
Notes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Bond was “the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States.”
The AJC adds, “In a tweet, the Rev. Jessie Jackson called Bond ‘a friend and fellow traveler who with courage, set the moral and academic tone of our generation.’
“Cornell Brooks, president and Chief Executive of the NAACP, wrote on twitter: ‘The life and legacy, the eloquence of Julian Bond’s example, yet speak to the present and future of the NAACP and the nation.’”